#Helper libraries for working with collections.

The collection package contains a number of separate libraries with utility functions and classes that makes working with collections easier.

Using

The collection package can be imported as separate libraries, or in totality:

import 'package:collection/algorithms.dart';
import 'package:collection/equality.dart';
import 'package:collection/iterable_zip.dart';
import 'package:collection/priority_queue.dart';
import 'package:collection/wrappers.dart';

or

import 'package:collection/collection.dart';

Algorithms

The algorithms library contains functions that operate on lists.

It contains ways to shuffle a List, do binary search on a sorted List, and various sorting algorithms.

Equality

The equality library gives a way to specify equality of elements and collections.

Collections in Dart have no inherent equality. Two sets are not equal, even if they contain exactly the same objects as elements.

The equality library provides a way to say define such an equality. In this case, for example, const SetEquality(const IdentityEquality()) is an equality that considers two sets equal exactly if they contain identical elements.

The library provides ways to define equalities on Iterables, Lists, Sets, and Maps, as well as combinations of these, such as:

const MapEquality(const IdentityEquality(), const ListEquality());

This equality considers maps equal if they have identical keys, and the corresponding values are lists with equal (operator==) values.

Iterable Zip

Utilities for "zipping" a list of iterables into an iterable of lists.

Priority Queue

An interface and implemention of a priority queue.

Wrappers

The wrappers library contains classes that "wrap" a collection.

A wrapper class contains an object of the same type, and it forwards all methods to the wrapped object.

Wrapper classes can be used in various ways, for example to restrict the type of an object to that of a supertype, or to change the behavior of selected functions on an existing object.

Features and bugs

Please file feature requests and bugs at the issue tracker.

Libraries

dart.pkg.collection

Exports all the individual parts of the collection-helper library.

dart.pkg.collection.algorithms

Operations on collections.

dart.pkg.collection.equality

Defines equality relations on collections.

dart.pkg.collection.iterable_zip

Zipping multiple iterables into one iterable of tuples of values.

dart.pkg.collection.priority_queue
dart.pkg.collection.wrappers

Delegating wrappers for Iterable, List, Set, Queue and Map.